We just spotted a great interview of the Portland architect who designed the house that won Dwell's "How Green Are You?" competition. His resourcefulness and willingness to try unusual approaches—such as this gridded bathroom wall made from closet rods—are truly inspiring... Pop over to the Oregonian for the full interview. One idea that really stuck out for us:
The biggest issue is clients. We need clients who will allow us to do this stuff. Most people want fir cabinets that look like this, or they want a Craftsman or an old Colonial, whatever. Most people, including myself, are conditioned. We grow up in certain ways. We think that things have to be a certain way. All this energy stuff is going to force us to really rethink that.
We agree that clients often force architects to create things that are, well, quite ordinary, but we don't think Walsh's proposed solution, more regulation of the building industry, is realistic or pragmatic. Instead, we'd like to see more architects like Walsh communicating directly with a wider public. That's why one of the reasons we're excited to see Walsh's interview in a mainstream paper such as the Oregonian is that it gets his ideas out to a larger audience than Dwell. Hopefully, a few people will see how beautiful—and green—his house is, and be inspired to see things in a different way.
photo Marv Bondarowicz / The Oregonian, via article linked above